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Jumbos in all majesty at Top Slip

V.S. Palaniappan

Tourists enjoy fifth Elephant Pongal celebration

— Photo: K. Ananthan

Sumptuous feast: Pachyderms from the Kozhikamudhi Elephant Camp lined up for the Elephant Pongal celebration at Top Slip in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve near Pollachi on Tuesday.

Top Slip (Pollachi): Four-year-old Suyambu and 11-year-old Rajvardhan, the junior most jumbos of the Kozhikamudhi Elephant Camp, led the fifth Elephant Pongal celebration organised by the forest department at Top Slip in Anaimalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) near Pollachi on Tuesday. The elephants were made to stand in front of the Pongal pot to mark the commencement of the celebration.

They were joined by nine others from the camp. Though there are 20 elephants – 13 tuskers (including three calves) and seven cow elephants – in the camp, out of health consideration only 11 –Vijayalakshmi (58), Sarada (56), Nanjan (50), Kaleem (45), Paari (31), Kalpana (30), Venkatesh (28), Bharani (25), Durga (13), Rajvardhan (11) and Suyambu (4) – were brought for the celebration.

Earlier in the day, the elephants were given a wash at the wild stream at Kozhikamudhi Elephant Camp. After their regular breakfast of ragi, horse gram, rice, jaggery, salt, sugarcane, they were brought to the Top Slip reception area. The pachyderms walked nearly eight km.

After the elephants had s arkarai pongal, banana and sugarcane, they were lined up behind a barricade, so that the tourists could have a closer look and enjoy the majesty and magnificence of the jumbos. The visitors were given ample time to take their photographs. But the cynosure of all eyes were the three elephant calves.

Later, the elephants marched from the dormitory area towards the Forest Rest House and were lined up on the lawn at the reception from where they posed for a picture raising their trunks at the command of the mahouts and cavadis (assistants).

ATR Field Director H. Basuvaraju, Deputy Director M. Thiagarajan, Wildlife Warden of Parambikulam Sanctuary Vijay Anand, forest veterinarian N.S. Manoharan and Range Officer of Top Slip S. Thangaraj Panneerselvam were present.

Mr. Basuvaraju said the Elephant Pongal was organised to create awareness on protection of the elephant population. Earlier the festival used to be held on Maattu Pongal day but now an exclusive day had been earmarked for it. He said the concept of Elephant Pongal began in 1997 and Tuesday's was the fifth. Elephants were earlier trained and used for timber operations from 1956 till felling of trees was stopped in 1972.

The elephant camp has become very popular since 1976 when the reserve forest was declared as Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary. Later it became National Park in 1987 and recently it got the name Anaimalai Tiger Reserve.

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